Posted On:5/24/2013 10:13pm
Originally Posted by vaquero de las nalgas
Truer words could not be spoken. For very good ninja book there are ten bad ones.
Turnbull has solid academic credentials. He stuck to the historic record, as much as he could. Kacem Zoughari did a decent job until the last couple of chapters of his book...
Antony Cummins, well, he seems to have a chip on his shoulder and refuses to footnote his work, which I find astonishing for someone with an MA.
The most recent Shoninki translation by Donald Roley is pretty good so far.
Did Roley publish? Or did he post to the Interwebz? I'd read his translation.
As hard as it is for me to swallow this, my position on Cummins may be softening. Although I would consider him "sensational" and I, too, am bothered by his less-than-rigorous methods... I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that he's probably no worse than the other popular history writers. I'm still trying to find a local library that carries one of his books so I can sample one without putting more money in his pocket; but I suspect I will hold my nose and purchase his Bansenshukai in order to give him an honest review.
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." -- H.L. Mencken
Posted On:5/24/2013 10:16pm
Originally Posted by Permalost
Speaking of covert WW2 tales of the Philippines:
Filipino nationals and Americans were fighting the Japanese as well, on account of the PI being ruled by America at the time due to the Spanish American war. Among them was Sergeant Leo Giron (Filipino American). The DBMA Grandfathers Speak video features him telling a few stories about this time. One was that they'd sneak into Japanese bases in the jungle and puncture their food tins with a very tiny hole, so they'd spoil and everyone would get the shits. He also recounts a story about fighting a man bolo vs katana (and a third guy with a bayonet that was dealt with by someone else).
Pretty ninja stuff.
Although one does have to wonder if the stories have grown in the retelling. But that would be pretty ninja too, and does not diminish the badassedness of fighting the Japanese with bolos and true grit.
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